Ijaw youths have protested against the appointment of Effiong Okon-Akwa, as the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The protesting youths, in their thousands, arrived the East-West along the Mbiama axis at about 6.30 am leaving travellers, stranded for hours
Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa, who was appointed by President Mohammed Buhari last week, has provoked anger among stakeholders and Youths from the region who demanded the setting up of a substantive management board for the region.
Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa was the Ag. Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria before his appointment.
The protest on Monday led Ebilade Ekerefe, Spokesman of IYC, the Chairman of the Central Zone of IYC, Comrade Inodu Clever and Treasurer of IYC accused the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio of pocketing the region and playing politics with NDDC thereby undermining the region development for selfish gains.
Comrade Ebilade said, “Niger Delta is not your personal estate; you cannot pocket a region. We say no to the appointment of a sole administrator. Sole administrator is alien to NDDC act”.
The blockage has led to heavy traffic gridlock with travelers plying the route stranded.
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